St. John the Baptist Catholic Church  


Church Address:  703 East Main Street, West Frankfort, IL 62896

Phone: (618) 932-2828

Fax: (618) 937-0200




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Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Thank you for your interest in St. John the Baptist Parish. We invite you to become involved with your faith life in our parish and continue your spiritual growth through the many resources offered here. St. John the Baptist Church offers weekday and Sunday Masses as well as Eucharistic Adoration. The parish has programs in education and pastoral ministry for children, youth and adults as well as a vibrant social ministry outreach. The programs and services of the parish continue to grow. St. John’s school provides an excellent education in an intentionally Catholic environment. Each new parishioner adds a richness to our faith community which allows us to reflect more fully the Body of Christ in today’s society.

Mass Times

Thursday - 5:30 P.M.

Friday - 8:15 A.M.

Saturday - 5:00 P.M.

Sunday - 10:00 A.M.

Eucharistic Adoration

Friday 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.


Thursday - 5:00 P.M.

Saturday- 4:20 P.M.

Parish Office

Summer Office Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

* From the Pastor's Desk
First Day of School Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Dismissal 1:15

* Vacation Bible School
Thank you to all who donated items and made monetary donations to this year's VBS! Without your help and support, this event would not have happened. Lots of exciting things happened each night, with a few surprises! Check out what happened this past week on the St. John's Youth-West Frankfort Facebook page.

* Baptism
If you would like to register for Baptism classes during the summer months of June and July, please contact Emma Tuthill at 618-982-9204 or

* 2017 Annual Retreat
Friday September 1: Start of retreat (5:30pm)
Saturday September 2: Mass and retreat (5:00pm)
Sunday September 3: Mass/end of retreat (10:00am)
The retreat moderator will indicate how each day will go.

Homelessness — As the early heat of summer is now upon us, the concern for people who do not have a place to call home is more immediate than ever. There are many circumstances that can lead to people facing this crisis. Learn, Act, Connect, Pray: Facilities that can accommodate those in need, particularly families, are in short supply. The Catholic Urban Programs (CUP) works to assist persons who are in need of basic services. CUP is in need of volunteers to help assist those in need and donations of water and Gatorade are desperately needed. Pray that those who are without a place to call home can find the help they need.

* The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal... Join us as Partners in Hope
Feed the Kids, a summer lunch program for underserved children sponsored by St. Polycarp Parish, Carmi; scouting emblems and patches awarded youth by the Catholic Committee on Scouting; facilities improvement for the Life Teen: Leading Teens Closer to Christ program at St. George Parish, New Baden, and St. Mary Parish, Trenton; homebound and sick visitation program costs at St. Joseph Parish, Benton, St. Andrew Parish, Christopher, and St. Mary Parish, Sesser; and inter-parish Vacation Bible School expenses at St. Boniface Parish, Evansville, St. Mary Parish, Ellis Grove, and Mary Help of Christians Parish, Chester, are only a few of the projects funded by The CSMA's Fund for Ministry. Parishes, schools and organizations in each vicariate received grants in the past year. Help this popular program which funds local projects continue through your gift to this year's Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal.

* West Frankfort Columbian Club
Every Tuesday Night Bingo
7:00 pm
West Frankfort Columbian Hall

* Daughters of Isabella
Every Friday Night Bingo
6:30 pm
Herrin KC Hall

School News from the Principal

Have a great summer vacation!


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Founded 1916 - A parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Illinois.